Nigel Martyn was the best Everton custodian since the days of Neville Southall. his performances were commanding and near flawless. In hindsight, his only error of judgement was not joining the club seven years earlier. In 1996, Martyn elected to leave Crystal Palace for Leeds. Alledgedly Everton director Clifford Finch provided him with directions to Elland Road.
Born : Cornwall 1966
Previous Club : Leeds United
Everton career : 2003/04 to 2005/06
League : 99 (1) appearnaces
Total : 72 appearances
Martyn was a rare commodity – a post-Southall keeper with safe hands. His initial preference for Leeds burdened Everton with error-probe goalkeepers like Paul Gerrard, Thomas Myhre, Steve Simonsen, and Richard Wright, however Martyn made amends by literally saving the club from relegation in 2004. Like Neville Southall, he was a terrific shot-stopper. Martyn kept 36 clean sheets in his 100 games.